Today, we will be leaving the gospels and looking at the Old Testament Messianic passages. A Messianic passage is a section of scripture in the Old Testament in which God shines light on the coming Messiah, giving people a view of what is to come. We will be doing this from time to time because, really, the whole Bible is about Jesus. I remember when my mentor first shared this passage with me and what a huge insight into the growing-up years of Jesus it was for me. In Isaiah, we get a great description of the Messiah that may be unlike anything you would expect! There are great things to be learned, so let's start exploring.
Knowing Him Study: pages 29-21
When we left the story yesterday, the Magi (wise men) had just visited Jesus and His family and had brought Him some very expensive gifts. During the night, His father has a dream in which the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt" (Matt. 2:13). Although we do not know how Jesus was in Egypt, or all the reasons His heavenly Father took Him there, we do know it was a formative time in His life. Surely Jesus was confronted by people of other cultures and was persecuted for being Jewish in a place that was never friendly to Jew and had a history of bondage and slavery. It was probably not the place Joesph would have chosen for his new family. Maybe Jesus even received several years of education in Egypt, much like Moses did. What will happen to this family next? Today. we will meet the boy Jesus as His family makes their yearly pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Come and see.
Knowing Him Study: pages 25-28
The next morning, Joseph and Mary took the baby Jesus and went to look for family in the Judean Hills of Bethlehem. Remember, this is the land of both their families, which is why they had returned here for the worldwide census, issued by Caesar of Augustus. Jesus' family was going to settle in and remain in Bethlehem for a while. We know this because when the wise men came they found the child Jesus and not the baby Jesus. They also found Jesus in a house, not a stable (Matt. 2:11). All this you will discover today.
Knowing Him Study: pages 22-24
Each day we will be looking deep into the life of the God/Man -- Jesus. We will be walking through the 33 years of the earthly life of our Lord. Let's begin by looking at Jesus' first look at the world. Start your time asking God to open the eyes of your understanding as He did for those first disciples, "Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures" (Luke 24:45).
Knowing Him Study: pages 18-21
Our study will begin with the birth of Jesus and go all the way to His death, resurrection and ascension. In this first phase of the movement, we will be looking at how the Father prepared His Son to be the greatest leader that has ever lived on earth. In King David, Jesus gives us a model of how to lead with integrity and skillful hands. "And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them." Psalm 78:72
The Father will spend the first thirty years of Jesus' life preparing Him to be the leader and shepherd of His people. The Father will mold Jesus into a man of integrity with skillful hands like He did for David of old.
Knowing Him Study: pages 14-17